National and international reports highlight the importance of innovation in programme delivery – requiring interdisciplinary approaches and greater inter-institutional collaboration (Hennessy 2013; Mc Aleese 2013.) As more and more Irish educators use technology in their teaching (The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2014) it is important to identify what are the barriers and facilitators to creating reusable digital resources for an inter-institutional, blended programme whose staff and scholars span an entire country? This session describes the challenges of transitioning to blended learning in an inter-institutional, multidisciplinary and structured PhD programme. It will also seek to disrupt some of the binary assumptions driving our view of “blended learning” and how it might be done.
The [PROGRAMME TITLE] Programme in Population Health and Health Services Research is funded by [FUNDING BODY]. It involves a total of 37 teaching staff across three institutions and has recently undergone the transition from traditional face-to-face delivery to a blended learning model. With so many stakeholders on so many levels of engagement, this transition was never going to be easy. The process of disassembling and redesigning the course, module by module, challenged lecturers to think critically about the content they deliver and the pedagogies they employ in a way they previously hadn’t considered. This session presents some of the challenges faced in the hands-on development of resources designed to be utilized across institutions and courses.
As a strategically-targeted, inter-institutional, and publicly-funded programme, the curriculum is not envisaged as Open Educational Resources. However, collaboration is at the heart of the programme and upskilling a diverse range of health system professionals in PHHSR education is critical. For this reason, there is a strong dissemination plan for the material and links already exist with other national and international programmes.
Hennessy, J., 2013. Report to the Minister for Education and Skills on system reconfiguration, inter-institutional collaboration and system governance in Irish Higher Education. Available at:https://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Policy-Reports/HEA-Report-to-the-Minister-for-Education-and-Skills-on-Irish-higher-education.pdf.
Mc Aleese, M., 2013. Report to the European Commission Improving the quality of teaching and learning in Europe’s higher education institutions. Available at:http://9thlevel.ie/wp-content/uploads/modernisation_en.pdf.
The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2014. National Survey on the use of Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Available at:http://www.teachingandlearning.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/TEL-FINAL.pdf.